5 Best Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Performances

Each of them is a masterpiece.

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5 Best Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Performances

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has been a controversial thing for a long time. Some people complain that it's not about rock anymore, some people complain that their favorite band hasn't been inducted yet, but there's one thing they can agree on - Hall of Fame brings legendary musicians together to create legendary acts.

Here are 5 Best Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Performances.

5. 1993 - The Doors and Eddie Vedder - "Light My Fire"

Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek said: “That’s what the Doors are all about. We got together to do poetry and rock and roll - kind of an extension of poetry and jazz, the Beats in the 50s, Kerouac, and Ginsberg, and McClure, and Ferlinghetti - those are all Jim Morrison’s influences.

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4. 2010 - U2, Mick Jagger, Fergie and more - "Gimme Shelter" 

Few people were prepared for what happened when U2 began playing the intro to "Gimme Shelter" with Will.i.am at the keyboard and Fergie recreating Merry Clayton's apocalyptic vocal intro. Without a word of introduction by Bono, surprise guest Mick Jagger sprinted onstage as the capacity crowd at Madison Square Garden let out one of the loudest cheers Madison Square Garden ever heard.
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3. 2009 - Metallica and Ozzy - "Iron Man" and "Paranoid" 

In 2009, Ozzy and Metallica rocked the Hall of Fame anniversary concert with their rendition of "Iron Man" and "Paranoid." 

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2. 2009 - Simon & Garfunkel - "The Sound of Silence"

In 2009, Garfunkel showed up for three songs during a Simon concert at New York’s Beacon Theater. This led to a tour of Asia and Australia and, as you can see up top, an appearance together at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th Anniversary Concert at Madison Square Garden, where they played one of their biggest hits—and arguably one of Simon’s greatest songs—"The Sound of Silence". If you didn’t already know that they can’t stand each other’s company, you’d hardly guess it from the video.

After Simon’s gently plucked guitar intro, they exchange brief but genuine smiles, then launch into harmony, their voices blending with all the haunting beauty of their heyday. In fact, it’s possible that—despite the bitterness and wear of several decades—they sound better than they ever did.

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1. 2004 - Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne, Dhani Harrison and more - “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

Incredible moments happened throughout the evening, but the clear standout was Prince’s emotional tribute to the late George Harrison as he took the stage in a red fedora with matching jacket to join Tom Petty, Stevie Winwood and George Harrison’s son, Dhani.

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    Prince is fucking awesome! That whole solo I was smiling. Now I'm a little teary writing this.
    Honestly, in that moment, that solo, he embodied everything that is rock n roll. Passion, fun, danger, emotion, skill, fear, fearlessness, sadness, sexiness and joy... Im so jealous. RIP Prince.
    Jeff Lynne: the most underrated musician in classic rock. He started ELO, wrotee all their songs and produced the albums, played all the tracks on most of the songs too. Then, he remastered/produced the Beatles last 2 singles, was a member of Travelling Wilburys (and produced all their albums), co-wrote "free fallin", "running down a dream", and "won't back down" by Tom Petty (produced those to boot) and produced for George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Brian Wilson, and Paul McCartney.  And does he even get mentioned in this article? Despite the fact he PLAYS GUITAR in the #1 pick of this list?  No, he does not. Because no one understands what a musical genius he is. Shame. 
    I admit ELO is not necessarily my favorite sound, but man the dude is fucking talented. 
    Eddie Vedder nails Jim Morrison there.  Never saw that before... very nicely done.
    Vedder is excellent but I think the best performance I've seen with the doors was weiland, but obviously that's non factor here and vedder absolutely belongs on that list
    Thanks, checking that out right now... Vedder just blew my mind man! Reminded me of a young Jim, and something tells me he understood the weight/gravity of playing with the FOCKIN DOORS!
    Can't fault any of these, but I do want to mention my favorite hall of fame performance (second to Prince, anyway): Springsteen and Tom Morello on The Ghost of Tom Joad.
    Came here to add this. More fortunate to have seen it near front row when The Boss was on his High Hopes tour in 2014. One of the best nights of my life.
    Just saw this "While My Guitar..." performance recently and I was blown away. The man was a musical wizard. Too bad he wasn't so much in the spotlight at the end of his life. He was from a time when pop was, also, very well crafted music, not the junk we have today.
    Prince ripped that solo. I saw it when it was new and still to this day he blows my away with that lead. 
    Lads, that Simon & Garfunkel performance has blatant auto-tune fuckery going on.
    Prince's jacket doesn't match his fedora. His shirt did. And where is Bruce and Tom Morello?
    The whole idea of a rock and roll hall of fame has always seemed kinda silly to me, but damn they get some good performances in their ceremonies.
    As great as vedder was..... Due it wasn't weiland..... His performance of break on through was ridiculous on story tellers